[discuss] [Internet Policy] Welcome New Internet Society CEO, Kathryn C. Brown

Seun Ojedeji seun.ojedeji at gmail.com
Thu Dec 19 19:45:02 UTC 2013

Thank you for the share.


On Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 8:00 PM, Bob Hinden <bob.hinden at gmail.com> wrote:

> On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am very pleased to announce that we
> have chosen Kathy Brown as the next Chief Executive Officer of the Internet
> Society.
> The ISOC Board conducted a very thorough search over 10 months to find the
> best candidate to lead the Internet Society. Through our search process, we
> identified and met with talented people from around the globe representing
> leaders from our broad Internet community and across a large number of
> industries.
> The Internet is facing many new challenges ranging from the NSA pervasive
> surveillance, how the governance of the Internet should be structured, and
> if the current open Internet model is sustainable.  The Board looked for a
> person who can lead the Internet Society to meet these challenges and
> decided that Kathy Brown is the person to do that.  She is a proven leader
> with in-depth knowledge of global Internet governance policy; well
> acquainted with the community, commercial, technical, government, and
> non-government organizations that are stakeholders in the debate around the
> future of the Internet; and a strong manager.  She has all of the qualities
> we were looking for in the next CEO of the Internet Society.
> Kathy joins the Internet Society from global strategy firm Albright
> Stonebridge Group, where she was a senior advisor.  For more than a decade
> prior, Kathy was Senior Vice President for Policy Development and Corporate
> Responsibility at Verizon.  In that role, she helped Verizon identify and
> navigate emerging digital issues and led its global corporate
> responsibility initiatives, overseeing an investment of more than $60
> million a year in programs and grants that helped support Internet
> development. In 2010 she partnered with ISOC to launch a highly successful
> forum on the Internet and higher education in East Africa.  In addition,
> she served on Verizon's corporate councils for the development of the
> company's online privacy and content policies and promoted Verizon's Human
> Rights Statement and Supplier Code of Conduct.
> In her policy role at Verizon, she led the company's international public
> policy engagement through a period of dynamic change.  She represented the
> company in the successful adoption by the OECD of principles for Internet
> policy making and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the ITU World
> Conference on International Telecommunications treaty negotiations.  Kathy
> joined Verizon from Washington D.C. law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering,
> where she was a partner specializing in legal and regulatory communications
> policy.
> Earlier in her career, Kathy served in U.S. President Clinton’s
> Administration where she was deeply involved in policy development that was
> instrumental to the deployment and adoption of the global Internet.  She
> served as Head of the Office of Policy and Development at the National
> Telecommunications Information Administration and then as Chief of Staff to
> Federal Communications Commission Chairman William E. Kennard.  At the FCC,
> she managed the staff supporting Chairman Kennard's historic decision to
> keep the Internet unregulated, to fund the E-rate, and to increase radio
> spectrum availability to fuel wireless technology innovation. Before moving
> to Washington D.C., Kathy held senior roles for 15 years in government
> service in New York.
> Kathy will start on January 1 and be based in the Internet Society’s
> Reston office.
> In February 2013, Internet Society CEO Lynn St. Amour announced her
> decision to step down at the end of her contract. Since joining the
> Internet Society in 1998 and at the helm since 2001, Lynn has worked
> tirelessly and passionately to establish the Internet Society as an
> internationally respected expert on Internet governance, and technical,
> development, and policy issues.  She has made ISOC what it is today.  The
> Board and I greatly appreciate all her hard work and wish her the very best
> in her future endeavors.  Lynn will continue to work with Kathy through the
> end of January to ensure a smooth transition.
> The press release, Kathy Brown's bio, and related material can be found at:
> http://www.internetsociety.org
> Thanks,
> Bob Hinden
> Chair of the Internet Society Board of Trustees
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